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    I am a bad reader. Slow, ill-disciplined, with a wandering mind.

    I will rarely manage a whole book.

    I will rarely manage a whole review of a book.

    For those out there like me - and for me - will you please imply your endorsement of a book in the following format?

    1. Two-sentence summary —> 2. One-sentence summary —> 3. One-word summary

    I'll start, with Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico Philosophicus:

    • "If we were to talk about the relation between language and the world - as philosophers would like to - we would have to step outside of language, and so would not be able to talk. So the propositions of philiosophy, this book included, are nonsense."

    • "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent."

    • "Shhh!"

    Mon, Apr 7, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: Books, narrative, Nicholson Baker, Wittgenstein
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    Robokku     Thu, Apr 10, 2008  Permanent link

    The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker:

    • "As a young working man, I see things which are cyclical, and things which are progressive - both on the very small scale (like a record going round and round [cycle], or the development of technology for audio reproduction [progression] [or ice-cube trays, for another example - or paper napkin dispensers]) - and on the very large scale (like the repetitious passing of the generations [cycle], or the passing on and furthering of knowledge over the ages[progression]). However, as I mature, I realise that much of what is progressive, is really cyclical, in its own way, and the willingness to repeat, to accept and be part of repetition, secretly advancing, without feeling pressure to advance, brings on a meditative bliss, which infuses everyday objects and our regular interactions with them."

    • "I like riding the escalator - that goes round."

    • "Wheee!"

    Robokku     Sat, May 10, 2008  Permanent link
    Thanks for the picture - that's an interesting one.

    Did you mean for it to go with this post, though? I'm not sure how it fits here.

    I really like that (seemingly home-made) wheely ladder. It brings home the way libraries make us navigate through our collected information spatially, not just conceptually.

    And I like how ungainly are the crammed and sloping books and the warped shelf-edge. There's a real sense of desperately imagined order, imposed with little success on a crowded and confused assemblage of thoughts.

    (By the way, if you want to move the picture to the other post, then I'll move this comment over too.)
    keen     Fri, Dec 25, 2009  Permanent link
    You could start listening to audio books, I use audio books to keep my mind busy when I'm doing brainless tasks. (doing the dishes, driving, traveling,...)
    LED     Fri, Jan 1, 2010  Permanent link